'Gravity' has given Sandra Bullock the biggest payday of her career – upwards of $70m – after she negotiated a cut of box-office takings, on top of her $20m fee.
It was the most gruelling role of Bullock's career: trapped inside a dark box for up to 10 hours per day, simulating the loneliness of an astronaut adrift in space. Yet the actress's performance has also turned out to be her most lucrative.
Bullock, pictured, is expected to make at least $70m after agreeing a deal that gives her a 15pc cut of takings. Alfonso Cuaron's outer-space epic has exceeded industry expectations to take $700m globally so far.
The payday is sweet reward for Bullock (49) who admitted filming 'Gravity' was an arduous task. She plays Dr Ryan Stone, an astronaut who faces disaster when an accident leaves her marooned in orbit.
Around 60pc of the film was shot inside a 9ft by 9ft box fitted with LED lights. Bullock was suspended inside, sometimes in complete silence except for the director's instructions in her earpiece. The only camera was fitted to the end of a robotic arm, and came hurtling toward her face when Cuaron required a close-up of her panic-stricken expressions.
Bullock has said the experience was terrifying. Her co-star, George Clooney, was only on set for three weeks and she spent most of the time by herself. "I was cut off and claustrophobic," she has said.
So far she has made an estimated $50m, including her fee, with a further $20m expected from DVD sales and TV broadcasts. (©Daily Telegraph, London)